Rosie O’Donnell Admits She Had Weight Loss Surgery

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Rosie O’Donnell recently admitted that she underwent weight loss surgery. While attending the Go Red for Women Luncheon in Detroit on Friday, Rosie told guests that she had the surgery after a heart attack in 2012. She got the vertical gastric sleeve surgery in July 2013 and lost 40 pounds immediately after the procedure, going from 230 pounds to 190 pounds. People reports that the surgery involved the removal of about 80 percent of the patient’s stomach, creating a “small sleeve-shaped stomach the size of a banana.”

After her heart attack, Rosie initially tried diet and exercise, but after struggling with her weight for more than a year, Rosie decided that it was time for more drastic measures, saying, “I did it to save my life.”